Featured Poem: Never an Illness, Nor an Absence

By Pablo Neruda

Never an illness, nor an absence

of grandeur, no,

nothing is able to kill the best in us,

that kindness, dear sir, we are afflicted with:

beautiful is the flower of man, his conduct,

and every door opens on the beautiful truth

and never hides treacherous whispers.

I always gained something from making myself better,

better than I am, better than I was,

the most subtle citation:

to recover some lost petal

of the sadness I inherited:

to search once more for the light that sings

inside of me, the unwavering light.

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